"I was introduced to LAABWORK by a classmate who I went to school and played basketball with in middle school. We started training with Bates when he came to our local recreation center, twice a week, and I would jump in. Honestly, I didn't like it at first because I felt like I was having too much fun. It was almost like "why don't I feel like I'm killing myself to get better?", however, it ended up being something I did everyday.
My personal experience with Laabwork is more than basketball. I feel like I have a different approach and meaning when I hear laabwork. Everybody feels different about it but when you really get to know who you are training with and really learn that he may love the game as much as you or more than you - that's when you realize who you are dealing with. An amazing leader and coach on the floor and an amazing leader off the floor. Understanding life in a way you can't imagine. You will learn so many things from him off the court, you will always wonder is this really my trainer? He always will make sure you feel comfortable and make you crave more of his training because everyday you learn more and he always has more energy than you every time you walk in the gym. I have been a part of Laabwork since I was in the 7th grade and it was the best decision I ever made because regardless of when that ball stops bouncing, Coach bates will always be "Unk" to me and that's why I always say that Laabwork is different to me than your average athlete. I could write a book but I think you feel where I am coming from.
To somebody who is considering laabwork, like coach says, his training isn't for everybody but his training is for you if you have the right mindset and you are ready to work hard and have fun everyday you are in the gym. It's hard not to have a great time while training with Laabwork. It's a party in the gym everyday and he is the DJ. That's what we want as ball players, to make the grind feel like it's fun instead of torture. You will have a great time and get better, I can promise you that. The guys who came before you will always come back in the summer to teach and even work with you to help you get to the next level. That's our job and what we were taught while we were coming through laabwork. How could we not give back? THATS MY DAWG!!! - HG"